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SearchDatabase.com: MySQL and the open source revolution; Q&A with Britt Johnston of NuSphere

Feb 03, 2001, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Tim DiChiara for this link. ]

"pvio425922: MySQL has traditionally been free for individuals and very low-cost for commercial uses. What value does NuSphere add?

Britt_Johnston: Last year, NuSphere was instrumental in helping the principal developers bring MySQL under the General Public License. Being available as GPL broadens the appeal of MySQL even further. MySQL can be freely distributed under the terms of the GPL for both individual and commercial use. Today NuSphere creates an integrated multi-platform distribution of MySQL, Perl, PHP, and Apache. This requires us to work with all four communities to get their latest software, integrate and test it, work with the communities to fix the issues. We recently had a review of NuSphere MySQL at about.com and it was clear that work was appreciated. You can find out more of the specifics at our website at www.nusphere.com."

"jglossner93964: What big corporations use MySQL? Have any switched from a proprietary system to open source?

Britt_Johnston: Most major corporations have MySQL in some part of their web infrastructure. The names are as diverse as Boeing and Yahoo! I saw a recent announcement that NASA switched to MySQL for specific parts of their web site for performance reasons. A trend we see is companies are increasingly looking at MySQL for broader use--they had good success with it in a specific role and they are looking to expand that role."

"bsheets754441: What are the future enhancements that NuSphere plans to bring to MySQL?

Britt_Johnston: NuSphere, through Gemini, would provide row-level locking, ACID transactions and automatic crash recovery. That will feed more features such as multiple isolation levels and features like SELECT FOR UPDATE that can allow applications to scale beyond [current limits]. There is also support for larger servers--wider SMP systems that are important when databases get very large. Finally, there are additional features like cluster support that allow high availability solutions with extreme uptime requirements."

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